ADL Says U.S. Based Anti-Semites Are Feeding Sept. 11 Rumor Mill
New York, NY, November 9, 2001 (Updated December 5, 2001)... Jews and Israel are being blamed in some Muslim and Arab countries and media for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks hate groups and exposes extremism, has confirmed that some of these rumors are being fueled by U.S.-based extremists and anti-Semites.
"Anti-Semites in the U.S. have always exploited current events to make the case for blaming America's troubles on Jews and Israel," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The September 11 terrorist attacks, however, have created a new dynamic where rhetoric of anti-Semites in this country is being picked up and recycled in some segments of the Muslim and Arab world to advance hateful myths and conspiracy theories about Israel and Jews."
ADL has documented instances where haters in the U.S. have seen their rhetoric published in the Arab world. Some hate groups have also found an audience in American Muslim newspapers and e-mail lists. In several instances, Muslim newspapers and Web sites have reprinted articles found on Internet sites operated by hate groups. The Internet continues to play a prominent role in disseminating hate literature.
Yemen Observer (added December 5)
This independent English-language weekly online newspaper covers current events, culture and society, and has posted anti-Semitic articles in the past. On October 13, Yemen Observer posted among its articles the essay, "Will Anyone Dare Ask Why?, by white supremacist David Duke.
Muslims of the Americas/Al-Fuqra (added December 5)
This Muslim organization, also known as Al-Fuqra, has been linked with bombings, murder and arson - including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. On November 20, the group forwarded to their e-mail list an article by Hector Carreon, head of the Nation of Aztlan (NOA), a fringe anti-Semitic Hispanic nationalist organization based in California. The piece referred to an article on the ADL Web site that mentioned NOA. "Who are these Zionists that call themselves the 'Sons of the Covenant" and why have they chosen to defame our publication La Voz de Aztlan?," Carreon wrote. "The 'Sons of the Covenant' are better known by the Hebrew term 'B'nai B'rith' and they operate under the world organization called B'nai B'rith International.' B'nai B'rith International is the primary international Zionist machine that advances their plan for world dominance that is outlined in the infamous 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.'"
Muslims of the Americas forwarded to their list on October 31 an article from the American Free Press, a weekly newspaper produced by the former staff of The Spotlight - a weekly that was published by the anti-Semitic propaganda outlet Liberty Lobby, until that organization's legal troubles forced it into bankruptcy earlier last summer. Titled "Team-B Targets Bush-Powell," the article describes the U.S. President and Secretary of State as being "under increasing fire from highly-placed lobbyists for Israel who want the United States to launch an all-out global war against the Muslim world."
Muslims of the Americas sent to its mailing list on November 2 an essay by David Duke titled "America on the Brink." In the article, Duke argues that "Cheered on by the Jewish media and the Jewish Lobby, the White House has already launched a series of devastating attacks on Afghanistan. The ultra-powerful Jewish lobby now screams for a much wider war, a global war to supposedly protect us from terrorism…. Only Israel would benefit from this war, and the Zionist warmongers in media and government seek to use America's guns and money to strike devastating blows at Israel's enemies. They also know that the ensuing war fever will shift attention away from Israel's brutal terrorism and suppression against the Palestinian people…..Even before the blood had dried from the terror attacks on New York and Washington, the mass media and the Zionist Lobby began to manipulate American public opinion for the Jewish agenda….. They didn't want the American people to know that our support for Israel directly led to the carnage….Arab terrorists struck America not because it is a democracy, but because it supports Israel. The Big Lie about attacking democracy is to cover up the obvious truth that the terrorist acts happened in retaliation for America's unconditional support for the terrorist state of Israel and its leader."
Moqawama (added December 5)
This is one of three Web sites run by Hizbullah. In its "Zionist Entity: Features" section, there is a link to the text of a November 17 address by William Pierce, head of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, West Virginia. The page also contains several links to National Alliance Web pages.
In the address, Pierce states that "George Bush is a very sick man. Anyone who consciously and deliberately betrays his own race or his own nation, anyone who commits treason, is a defective person, a sick person. And George Bush, by consciously following a policy he knows is not in the interests of America but only serves Israel's interests, a policy he knows is responsible for the September 11 attack against America, a policy he continues to follow despite that knowledge, is a traitor. That's George Bush I'm talking about, the President of the United States. He may look stupid, but he knows what he's doing. George Bush believes he's a smart guy, a guy who knows which side his bread is buttered on, a guy who can get away with anything as long as the Jewish media will back him up. And so far he has been getting away with it." Pierce also claims that "When the Taliban was in charge at least there was peace and stability. There were no massacres or gang rapes. The U.S. government, with its bombing campaign and its mercenary troops in the Northern Alliance, has succeeded in destabilizing large portions of Afghanistan."
Mujahideen (added December 5)
This British Web site, devoted to the Mujahideen, posted information and links on November 8 to articles about the death of militia leader and conspiracy theorist William Cooper. "Just the beginning in silencing the voices of opposition to the New World Order?," concludes the coverage.
Muhajiroun (added December 5)
Al-Muhajiroun, a militant London-based Islamic organization, posted on its Web site an October 21 article quoting from Lyndon LaRouche's publication, Executive Intelligence Review, to make the case that "The September 11 attacks could not have been carried out without complicity from rogue elements in military/security circles inside the United States." The article goes on to draw a parallel with an account by James Bamford in his book Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. Bamford concluded that in 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff "proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba." The article concludes, "To the astute reader, the potential parallels with recent events should be chilling."
American Muslim Newspaper Reprints National Alliance Screed
Muslims, a weekly English-language newspaper based in New York City and circulated in eight states and Washington, D.C., reprinted a scathing attack on Israel and Jews by William Pierce, founder and leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance and author of the Turner Diaries. Pierce, a notorious anti-Semite who leads the national group from headquarters in Hillsboro, W.Va., believes in creating a "whites-only" homeland and a government free of "non-Aryan" influence. Pierce's message appeared on the front page of the October 5 edition of Muslims beneath the headline, "Israel Wants America to Send Ground Troops, Whip Muslim Armies, Take Over Their Countries, and Install Puppet Governments That Will Follow the Jews' Orders."
Muslims has also used articles by William Cooper, a tax protestor and militia figure who recently was killed in a shootout with police. In the article reprinted in Muslims, Cooper speculates that the Israel or the U.S. could have caused the terrorist attacks.
The online Syria Times reprinted an article under the headline, "Anthrax Terrorists May be Zionists," by Hector Carreon, head of the Nation of Aztlan, a fringe California-based Hispanic nationalist organization that has published several anti-Semitic articles in the past year in its online publication, La Voz de Aztlan. White supremacist groups such as White Aryan Resistance, World Church of the Creator and the National Alliance have posted articles by the Nation of Aztlan to their e-mail lists. In the Syria Times, Carreon wrote, "Everyone is assuming that Islamic terrorists are actually Zionists … . The Zionists want to silence us because they do not like what we write."
Arab Students United at NYU
Arab Students United, a recognized student group at New York University, e-mailed to members a lengthy anti-Israel diatribe by well-known hater David Duke, titled "Will Anyone Dare Ask Why?" A former Klansman, Duke is the founder and president of the anti-Semitic and racist European-American Unity and Rights Organization. The group later issued a disclaimer saying that they do not identify with Duke.
Al-Manar Television, Lebanon
The official television station of Hezbollah in Lebanon, licensed in 1997, Al Manar has the stated goal of preserving "the Islamic values and the civilized role of the Arab and Islamic community, and claims to be the first "Arab establishment" to "stage an effective psychological warfare against the Zionist enemy."
On September 17, Al-Manar posted to its Web site a story that has since been widely re-posted, including by white supremacists such as August Kreis of Aryan Nations, that claims that 4,000 Israelis were absent from their jobs at the World Trade Center on September 11, thereby implying that Israel was in some way behind the attack.
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